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Krzysztof Popek

Primary Instrument: Flute

Born: January 27, 1957    

KRZYSZTOF POPEK is a leading Polish jazz flute player topping the jazz rankings of the Jazz Forum monthly (The European Jazz Magazine) for many years and also owner of a well-known label Power Bros.

He started off as a jazz musician at Jazz Juniors ’82 and Jazz Nad Odra ’85 festivals winning individual awards at both. He plays the soprano and alto flute. Besides, he is a composer, arranger and inspirational leader of his numerous bands of which Young Power stands out as the most renowned and popular.

The successful Letters and Leaves album recorded in 1996 by Krzysztof Popek Quintet was nominated for the Polish Grammy Award �” Fryderyk ’96 and came second in Jazz Forum’s Album of the Year ’96 ranking....
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Every year since 1988 (also in 2008) Krzysztof Popek has been awarded the Flute Player of the Year ( Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine ) 1987 �" Krzysztof Popek awarded the Musician of the Year (Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine) 1987 �" Young Power (Krzysztof Popek’s big band ) awarded the Big Band of the Year (Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine) 1988 �" Krzysztof Popek awarded the Musician of the Year (Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine) 1988 �" Krzysztof Popek awarded the Arranger of the Year (Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine) 1988 �" Young Power ( Krzysztof Popek’s big band ) awarded the Band of the Year 1996 - Krzysztof Popek Quintet’s “Letters & Leaves" Album of the Year (Jazz Forum - The European Jazz Magazine) 1996 Krzysztof Popek Quintet’s “Letters & Leaves" was nominated for the Polish Grammy Award �" Fryderyk ’96
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    Estate

    Power Brothers Records
    2009
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Estate

Power Brothers Records (2009)

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” Flutist / composer Krzysztof Popek was a major figure in the ”Young Power” movement of the '80s. “House of Jade” partners him with an American rhythm section that includes pianist Randy Porter, bassist David Friesen and drummer Victor Lewis. Popek is a precise player with beautiful technique and he shares the spotlight with trumpeter Piotr Wojtasik. One is immediately struck by the lovely trumpet/flute voicings against the punch of this first-rate rhythm section. Popek's quintet's knack for reinventing pieces from a diverse group of composers - Abdullah Ibrahim, Wayne Shorter, Randy Weston, and Ellington - makes this session gel...

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